This article argues that it is time for a more comprehensive review of Australian law relating to human germline cell genetic engineering. We do not aim to take an ethical stance. Rather, we argue that broader reform and review are necessary in order to come to a suitable ethical stance, and for legislation to reflect that ethical stance adequately rather than inhabiting the corridors of vagary. The need for this has arisen gradually over the past decade, as around the world more countries are developing their capabilities in this field. As such, regulation is of increasing importance either to facilitate further research, or adequately block inappropriate research. Australia's current regulation in comparison contains uncertainty and lacks conviction. We argue that in order to ensure this area is governed primarily by what is in the public interest a review is in order.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Law and Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2022|
- genetic engineering
- gene editing germ cell editing
- scientific regulation